Halifax County Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution allowing for purchase of a $2.9 million upgrade to its public safety radio system at Monday’s meeting.
The meeting will get underway at 6:30 p.m. in Room 201 at the Mary Bethune Office complex in Halifax, following a conflict of interest training work session for supervisors in the county administration conference room from 5 to 6 p.m.
Ron Wells of Mobile Communications America is scheduled to present the final proposal for the new system to supervisors, a system costing $2,945,910.
The communications center will have five operator positions, with full supervisory control of the radio system, a logging recorder and training.
It also includes 289 mobile radios, 484 portable radios, 281 HAZLOC approved radios for fire service with 31 spare batteries; 203 non-HAZLOC radios with 33 spare batteries; nine vehicular chargers and nine multi-unit chargers; and 36 base station radios.
The system infrastructure includes six sites, with four repeaters per site and five years of software updates, infrastructure repair and premium software, antenna systems for each site, associated combining systems for each site and associated hardware components.
The E911 Board has been working to develop the best solution for the communications needs of all of the different agencies of the county for about two years, according to Scott Simpson, county administrator.
County staff has identified and budgeted for a 10-year financing plan for the project, and the annual project financing expense is currently accounted for in the 911 department budget, he said.
The system is the same as the one that went into operation in Mecklenburg County in December, according to Wells.
During the search for a new E911 system, supervisors utilized a cooperative procurement “piggyback” clause in the Mecklenburg County contract to allow for procurement of the Halifax County System, the county administrator explained.
After hearing the presentation, supervisors are expected to consider adopting a resolution allowing for the purchase of the equipment, implementation and financing of the project.
In other action Monday evening, supervisors will hold two public hearings, the first on a MBC tax exemption ordinance amendment, and the second on a VDOT conveyance for a turning radius improvement at the Halifax County War Memorial.
Representatives from Mid-Atlantic Broadband have requested exemption of real estate and personal property taxes related to the recently announced SOVA Innovation Hub in South Boston.
MBC has initially committed $5 million to the facility.
At its August meeting, supervisors, with consent of the War Memorial Committee, agreed to donate right of way and easements to VDOT for intersection improvements at the intersection of Mountain Road and Main Street in Halifax.
A third scheduled public hearing related to the application of Tower North Development for the installation of a cellular tower has been postponed after the planning commission held its hearing and tabled their decision for 60 days in order to gather more information on the time lines of construction of previously approved towers in the area.
Other agenda items at Monday’s meeting include the following:
• VDOT monthly status report, including a speed study request for North Terry’s Bridge Road, which is in Election District 5;
• A report on summer theatre activities at The Prizery from Carol Gravitt, vice-president;
• Approval of a retainer agreement for Sanford Hesler Sharp, LLC related to opioid litigation;
• An update on hemp farming from ED-1 supervisor J. T. Davis, including Virginia’s recent inclusion into the hemp crop insurance program;
• A courthouse project update from Otis Vaughan, county building official;
• A recycling program update from the county administrator;
• Selection of a VACo voting delegate;
• Consideration of a drought declaration request for the current growing season;
• A citizen comment period and supervisors’ comments.
Supervisors are expected to go into closed session at Monday’s meeting before returning to open session to consider personnel committee recommendations including animal control officer firearms training and solid waste department salaries and other appointments.